Piccolo is the creation of Chef Doug Flicker who in 2010 intentionally found a small neighborhood location to execute a food forward restaurant. More than any other restaurant in Minnesota, Piccolo's cuisine is focused on quality over quantity, putting what is seasonal and creative ahead of what is safe and familiar. He changes the menu frequently, buying locally and seasonally whenever possible, and putting a significant amount of time and devotion into each beautifully presented plate. The menu is designed to allow guests a chance to create a different dining experience with each visit, pairing risk with reward.
Chef Doug Flicker’s forward-thinking, cuisine focused dining has been praised for years in the Twin Cities. He is recognized as one of the leaders in the local culinary community. Nationally, he is a fixture on the James Beard Award Semi-finalist nomination list and has been lauded by Anthony Bourdain and the Wall Street Journal as a ‘Must Do.’
- Reservations are encouraged: As a small restaurant, it is important to planning the night as well as often needed at peak times and weekends. We also happily welcome walk-ins when we have tables available.
- Dress: There is no code. Guests come dressed for special events and in jeans and a nice shirt.
- Do we have a bar? No, however there are some nice bars nearby at the intersections of 50th & Bryant Ave S and Lake & Lyndale if you are looking to grab a drink before your reservation.
Blessed with a natural talent and a passion for the craft, Doug possesses a humble assuredness that comes with years of hard work and dedication. Beginning cooking at D'Amico Cucina (the first fine dining restaurant of its kind in Minneapolis) after high school, Doug rose to head chef at the young age of 23. As he grew as an artist, he worked at a who’s who of restaurants in town. Seeing a niche for a restaurant owned and operated by chefs and being focused almost entirely on the cuisine itself, Doug, along with three other young colleagues, opened Auriga restaurant in 1997. At only 29 years old, Doug had become part owner and key chef of an establishment that would be a perennial favorite among critics and diners alike for nearly a decade.
Since opening Piccolo, Doug has received much recognition including four out of four stars in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and "Best New Restaurant" in City Pages and Star Tribune. He has been a James Beard Award Semi-Finalist Best Chef Midwest four times and was on an episode of No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain where he shared that the meal at Piccolo was, “…far and away the best, most inspired and inspiring meal of my trip across America.” (2010, Heartland Episode)
Flicker also runs Sandcastle, a casual, seasonal restaurant on the beach at Lake Nokomis down the road from Piccolo in South Minneapolis. In 2013 he was selected to run the concession for the Minneapolis park system and, with his wife, has created a destination spot for neighbors and visitors alike that serves beer, wine, hot dogs, fish tacos and more. Hit the logo to visit the website.
For more on Chef Doug Flicker read ‘How Doug Flicker Made Piccolo a Minneapolis Must,’ Eater Minneapolis (Dec 19, 2014).
Chef de Cuisine
Cameron is originally from the Twin Cities and earned his chops working with many talented cooks in Minneapolis. He landed at Piccolo after stints in Chicago and New York, and now works on both savory and pastry sides of Piccolo's menu. He enjoys listening to Jazz88, cooking and eating with friends, and spending time with his lovely wife.
Having held positions in many top restaurants in Minneapolis Karly brings great depth to the kitchen operations of Piccolo. With ease she is able to shift from station to station helping to create the foundation of a strong kitchen crew. Creative, upbeat and highly skilled Karly embodies everything great about the next generation of today's cooks.
Grisha has been a versatile member of the Piccolo crew since January of 2016. A constant source of comic relief, his positive attitude and determination greatly affect the day to day operations in the kitchen. Outside of work, Grisha can most likely be found listening to records and eating chinese food on his couch.
James Springer II
James is a wine enthusiast first and foremost. It is this passion that caused him to leave his previous life as a lawyer to enter the restaurant world. As GM at Piccolo he adds to his sommelier studies by learning more about wines, developing wine lists and hosting the wine dinners. He also brings his significant skill sets to managing the floor by being the preeminent host. On his off hours, you can find him attending to his two small dogs, Reggie and Clara.
Katie has been a wait assistant at Piccolo since July of 2010. She loves working around food and is very happy to work with great people who also double as part-time karaoke buddies. When not working she tries to find the time/money to travel and see new places. She lives in South Minneapolis with her cat Stinson (named after Bob and Tommy of the Replacements) and Ivan the dog.
Xan began his descent into the restaurant underbelly of Minneapolis at the age of 16 in the dish pit of The Loring Café. From there he has occupied many stations in various restaurants through out Minneapolis where he formed a life-long bond with Doug Flicker. After a several year sabbatical they are reunited again.
Chosen by Modern Server Monthly as Server of the Year 4 years running as well as "Tallest Server", we are proud have Robb with us on a part time basis.
A Brazilian transplant, Lara once played tambourine in the legendary alt-Samba psych band Os Mutantes. Settling in the United States, she initially focused her prodigious talents on creating a better Thin Mint and sold them door-to-door until an injunction from the Girl Scouts of America brought an end to such endeavors. As a server at Piccolo, she occasionally defies the space-time continuum and believes that Doug Flicker's galactic culinary prowess is as much influenced by Return of the Jedi as it is by certain Iberian chefs. Lara lives in South Minneapolis with her husband, Chuck, daughter Lulu, and Alabama, her pit bull terrier.
Partner in Crime
In 2012 Amy changed careers to create Sandcastle with her longtime husband, 15 years and counting… Doug Flicker. Always helping at Piccolo since it’s opening, the career change allowed her to solidify roles in business development, marketing, and hostess with the mostess. When not working she is encouraging Doug to take longer and longer vacations.